Chicago Chesed Fund emergency financial assistance programs.

Assisting residents across Cook County and the city is the Chicago Chesed Fund. The charity can provide services to individuals regardless of their religion, race or background. A wide variety of financial and emergency assistance is available and they can help with a number of different needs. Some of the main resources administered are below.

Direct financial assistance is offered for a number of different types of bills and housing expenses. The aid is focused on helping during a crisis situation and is offered as more of a one-time support. Some of what can be assisted with includes the following.

Utility bill assistance is available from the Chesed Fund. This can help with heating costs during the cold Chicago months or maybe an air conditioning bill during a hot summer stretch. Residents facing a disconnection and that are considered at risk will receive priority.

An Emergency Loan can be issued. Chicago borrowers with limited credit can receive this help too. The charity will provide interest-free, maybe even forgivable long-term loans for paying bills and other needs, such as rent. This is for qualified individuals or families that are in need of temporary help. Find more details on interest free loans

Eviction prevention and foreclosure help is available. There will be funds to pay a rent or mortgage payment. Those moving or the homeless may qualify for assistance with a security deposit on a new, low income apartment. Case managers will also address the root cause of the situation.




Employment services, including linkage and referrals to Cook County area employers, are available from the Chesed Fund. They administer some of the following for the unemployed or residents looking for new skills or a job. Staff provide counseling, training, and information on placement. Access computers for resume creation or job searches. Staff partner with the under and unemployed in Chicago.

Advice and support is administered in the form of general Financial Counseling, which teaches families how to better manage their finances, spend more wisely, and reduce their expenses. There is also a Debt Settlement Program, in which the charity and its staff will work clients and their credit card companies to help them reduce any debts.





Other resources are the Car Distribution Program. Used automobiles, minivans, and regular cars may be available in good condition for local families. The charity will also focus on single parents and new mothers. Those that are currently working can get help or referrals from the Chicago Chesed Fund.

For those residents that need information on state of Illinois or federal government benefits, the Government Assistance Resource Division will help low-income families and the poor in enrolling in Medicaid or SNAP. Case managers will help them receive the medical bill assistance and food they are eligible for.

The Division also helps those who are eligible for public health care, such as Medicaid, SSDI disability or Medicare, apply for assistance. There is also a wide array of medical equipment offered, and maybe some vouchers for free prescription drugs, for those suffering from illness.

Basic needs can be met. The Chicago Chesed Fund offers thousands of free household items to families. They may have new and gently used clothing, accessories for men, women, children, winter coats, shoes and even items for expectant mothers.

Pregnant mothers from the Cook County Illinois region may obtain free formula, diapers, baby clothing and accessories, car seats, strollers, high chairs, and other needed goods. There are also nursing pillows and pumps for new mothers.

Other household items may be small appliances, Cookware, tablecloths, bed linen, and furniture, such as tables, washing machines, couches, and washing machines. Children can get toys, bikes, books, and of course free Christmas items.

Meeting the needs of the hungry in Chicago is a goal. The charity assists thousands of families, including the Jewish, children, and seniors, with meeting their nutritional needs. A pantry that is run by the Chicago Chesed Fund assists thousands of families per month, and they also run special holiday assistance programs and meals in the city.




There are also fresh fruits and vegetables and well as vouchers that can be used to shop at local supermarkets or grocery stores. An emergency food assistance program is also available for crisis situations. The pantry may also have some personal hygiene products. The charity works with the non-profit Greater Chicago Food Depository as well.

Medical bill assistance from the fund is available for the community, including the low income or uninsured. Providing access to high quality medical and dental care, supplied, and other needs can be addressed by the Chesed Fund.

Several education programs are administered by the Fund.  The charity will help children, including Jewish, get the education they need. There is some limited amounts of school and tuition assistance available. Free School Supplies and clothing items / uniforms are passed out during the summer months for the upcoming year. Also, during the holidays or summer months the Chicago Chesed Fund runs a camp or offers other forms of support, such as free snacks.

Holiday assistance is offered in the form of meals, clothing, and gifts for children. Too many Cook County Illinois families can’t afford to buy toys or gifts for their children. The Chesed Fund will give families in need something to celebrate the holiday season with.

Part of what may be passed out during the holidays are free food packages with meat, fruits, chicken, and deserts. Some students may qualify for vouchers to buy groceries at local grocery stores. Clothing may be available for the entire family, with an emphasis on winter coats, shirts, suits, dresses, and shoes. In some limited cases, emergency financial assistance is increased during that time of the year.

A wide variety of other referrals and services may be offered by the Chicago Chesed Fund. The address of the site is 7045 N. Ridgeway Lincolnwood, Illinois. Call 847.679.7799 for details.



By Jon McNamara

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